Learn to how to make beautiful floral centerpieces to impress guests and decorate your home. Wherever you place your flowers, these designer ideas and tricks will have 'em looking better and lasting longer than ever.
A bright bouquet of vibrant peonies (as seen here in a San Francisco home designed by Martha Angus and Katie McCaffrey) is an easy way to wake up a neutral room.
Arrangements in the dining room echo a New York farmhouse's deep purple living room. Paired with lavender glassware and linens, full-petaled sweet peas, and anemones add their own shot of color.
Sometimes, all it takes is an eccentric vase (or in this case, two) to make a statement. In this Philadelphia dining room, designed by Wendy Wurtzburger and Chris Bentley, a pair of majolica parrots hold rhododendrons and butterfly weed.
Designer Heather Taylor recreated the motif on her great-grandmother's plates for a garden party's bouquets. "Even if guests don't notice the reference, it's a lovely detail that adds a fun symmetry," she says of the bluebells and marigolds.
Flowers aren't just a spring thing. Ceramist Frances Palmer made fall flowers the guests of honor at an autumn luncheon. Raspberry branches and dill weed fill out the dahlia arrangements.
You can't go wrong with blue and white — with blooms or vessels. Here, Frances Palmer Pottery's Cambridge pitcher and Vigee vase rest on Clarence House's Milano velvet.
Groupings of nosegays can be more romantic than one big vase full. Designer and gardener Carolyne Roehm recommends arranging them naturally, like the blooms just came from the garden.
This delightfully overgrown bouquet amps up its rustic design when placed in a birch vase (like ). Its "just-picked" style is especially striking next to a tidy terrarium of succulents.
Orange isn't just for Halloween. Photographer and author Ngoc Minh Ngo collaborated with floral designer Nicolette Owen to design a citrus-y spring tablescape, placing flowers in small containers of varying heights and styles.
Unscented flowers can be beautiful to look at, but ultimately sort of a letdown. While some people believe fragrant blooms such as tuberose or gardenia don't belong on a dinner table, Roehm says this rule is overstated.
Displayed in a pair of wide glass vases, this bursting arrangement instantly brightens a sideboard. But the vessels can also be repositioned to fill two ends of a long dining table.
Shabby Chic designer Rachel Ashwell loosens up the formality of teatime by covering a spring table with miniature bouquets of roses and peonies.
Balance a sparse bunch of flowers with overflowing bowls of fruit, like in this dining room by Miles Redd.
Don't discount your home's existing style. These exotic blooms, also called "pincushion flowers," enliven the terrace of a Moroccan-inspired house.
A base of floral foam helps these bursting rosy blooms stand at attention, but a can also help steady the flowers as you arrange them.
Go ahead and pile on the color. Lilacs from the garden add another energetic burst to a living room designed by Jeffrey Bilhuber.
The most useful vase is mid-sized with a slightly flared opening, says Roehm. The volume of flowers and the container itself are inherently balanced.
Metal, ceramic and even colored glass vessels are more forgiving than clear vases — especially if you plan to use foam, marbles or a flower frog for stability.
For a can't-miss bouquet, emulate an existing accessory or color palette. The matching lilies shown here double down on a San Francisco home's sunny decor.
Eclectic decor can benefit from a cohesive color scheme. An all-blue palette refreshes the onetime hotel that John Knott and John Fondas transformed into their Maine summer house.
Corralled on a glimmering silver tray, a group of mismatched (but all clear) vessels is unexpected, but not cluttered. Plus, this arrangement offers each individual bloom a starring role.
Masculine spaces can stand a flower or two. In the dining room of a Georgian manor, a full bunch of greenery sets off the bamboo lattice wallpaper.
With a love of gutsy hues, Los Angeles-based designer Oliver M. Furth finds that a spring table is a fun place to experiment with color. "You can do something trendier or more fashion-forward than you might ever attempt in a whole room," he says.
Showcase your heirlooms with a helping of fresh flowers. In a Manhattan apartment, Qing vases flank an earthenware jar acquired by the homeowner's family 75 years ago.
Bold rooms deserve bold blooms. In the library of a London townhouse, crimson peonies stand up to the daring red wall color.
Flowers that bloom at the same time — like lilacs and tulips — often look beautiful in a bouquet. For fillers, use whatever's green and growing near them, advises Roehm.
Your souvenirs can get the flower-treatment, too. The owners of a Manhattan apartment bought this bronze vase on one of their annual trips to Italy.
Hometown inspiration works equally well. The owner of a Florida beach house likes to arrange garden flowers in glass vases from local antique markets.